Inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877

Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite administering the oath of office to Rutherford B. Hayes on a flag-draped inaugural stand on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol

Not exactly the most revered or most remembered president, poor Rutherford B. Hayes was zinged by our current president. We’d like to shine a little light on poor Rutherford, even if he didn’t think the telephone was a good invention (or WDS_LINK_PLACEHOLDER_1f366c45c6ee1cd2d6dca777faafb943?). Below is a series of photographs from his Inauguration in 1877.

Inauguration of President Hayes, showing the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol and the crowd on the lawn before it, March 5, 1877]. Architect of the Capitol. Reproduction number: LC-USA7-29858 (b&w film copy neg.).

Inauguration of President Hayes, showing the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol and the crowd on the lawn before it, March 5, 1877]. Architect of the Capitol. Reproduction number: LC-USA7-29858 (b&w film copy neg.).

Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite administering the oath of office to Rutherford B. Hayes on a flag-draped inaugural stand on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol

Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite administering the oath of office to Rutherford B. Hayes on a flag-draped inaugural stand on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol

Crowd at the inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes, on the east front grounds of the U.S. Capitol, surrounding Horatio Greenough's statue of George Washington, March 5, 1877. Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-104931 (b&w film copy neg.).

Crowd at the inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes, on the east front grounds of the U.S. Capitol, surrounding Horatio Greenough’s statue of George Washington, March 5, 1877. Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-104931 (b&w film copy neg.).

 

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